The Time Tamperer (part 30)


Major Flaccid’s message was clear: his instructions concise. Unfortunately the four new recruits knew naff-all about time travel. In fact Pixie even doubted its existence…

“I reckon this is a test.” She said to the others. “How we react will probably reflect on our first real posting and possibly the size of our salary. So, might I suggest that we take our leader’s instruction seriously, despite the fact that it’s completely stupid.”

But she was forced to retract her massive assumption when they encountered…

…one of the museum’s Robot Guides.

“Hey, guys.” It said in it’s usual, pre-programmed, chummy manner. “What’s happening? I’m a guide: you want me to guide ya somewhere real interesting?”

Well this was an opportunity too good to miss. “Yeah.” Pixie said in a slightly scornful tone. “We’ve been told to find some customers who have travelled into the past: any ideas?”

“Are you kidding?” The Robot Guide exclaimed. “I know just the place. Follow me.”

Three minutes later…

…the quartet of unbelievers were delivered to the Time Techs.

“Thank the Saint of All Earplugs.” Gregor said with clear relief. “They’ve sent some crack Twits.” Then to Pixie he said: “We’ve dialled in the date. Off you go – inside the Tubo Di Tempo. Good luck.”

Still convinced that the entire exercise was an…er…exercise, Pixie led Jeremy and the others into the infinite tube…

…where she began to doubt her earlier conclusions…

…especially when the tube continued to stretch out before her for as far as the eye could see – and beyond…

But eventually she became aware of a light ahead…

And her sense of relief, when they exited the Tunnel Temporal, was palpable…

But it was tempered slightly by the scene of an entirely empty thoroughfare…

“I don’t like the look of this.” Chickweed Gubbins chanced a whisper…

…”I don’t know where the nearest toilet is; and there’s no one around to ask!”

© Paul Trevor Nolan 2018

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